The midfielder is out of contract in the summer and Barcelona are keen on signing him
Pep Guardiola could not make it clearer that he does not want Ilkay Gündogan (32) to leave Manchester City at the end of this season when his current contract expires. With FC Barcelona keen to secure the services of the German midfielder to strengthen their squad for the 2023/24 season, the English team will have to present a good offer to the player in order to retain him.
To top it all off, Gündogan is enjoying a spectacular end to the season. This past weekend, for example, he scored both goals in City's win against Leeds United and, beyond the goals, he put in a great playmaking performance. Guardiola was full of praise for him after the game. His comments did not go unnoticed. "He's so intelligent, so clever, so competitive... Believe me, he is one of the best players I have coached in my career. He's a world-class player," he said.
Guardiola, who at the pre-match press conference before the game had said that the Manchester City management "already know that I would like to continue working with 'Gundo' in the future", insisted on Ilkay's importance and status in the 'Citizen' team. The Santpedor boss continues to press publicly to prevent Gündogan's departure. The soap opera has already begun, but there are still many chapters and plot twists to come before the end.